Top notes – Bergamot, Pink Pepper
Heart notes – Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Satiny Almond
Base notes – Precious wood, Myrrh, Licorice, Tonka Bean Absolute
Aside from the fact that I don’t like gold, how chic does the black bottle look? I was wondering why the bottle had such an odd shape but now that I’m looking at the over-head shot, I can totally see it. Yup, it’s the… dun-dun-duuuuun… Illuminati! Seriously though, the sparkly cap with the little jewels or whatever looks absolutely beautiful! The more I see different combinations of black and gold, the more I actually seem to find the combo aesthetically appealing.
Jasmin Noir L’Essence (50ml/1.7 fl oz) was a gift (part of the “dazah“) from my ex-husband back when we were engaged. I purchased the larger Jasmin Noir (100ml/3.4 fl oz) recently as a birthday gift for someone, which is why I can’t open it to show you. I would’ve gotten her Jasmin Noir L’Essence but it might’ve possibly been limited edition because apparently it’s been discontinued. Obviously, I’m not quite sure how much the smaller one retails for (because it was a gift) but the larger one cost me a whopping KD51/000 (yeah, that’s kinda’ steep but the recipient is a lovely woman so at the end of the day it’s money well spent).
Jasmin Noir L’Essence, presented in 2011, is the more intense and more concentrated version of the original Jasmin Noir from 2008. The fragrance is oriental, floral, woody and musky. It represents the tribute to extreme sensuality, glamour and sophistication.
The first time I spritzed this stuff on, I was disappointed because it seemed like a floral scent (which was to be expected from the name) but once it dried down, man-oh-man! It turned into an intoxicating scent that reminded me of what my beloved Dior Addict used to smell like. Wood notes in my fragrances give me life so I was delighted that Jasmin Noir L’Essence dried down to that gorgeous smoky scent! In fact, I would almost classify this as a masculine scent if not for the sweetness which I’m assuming is the Tonka Bean. I’m not quite sure what that is but anytime Tonka Bean is listed in a scent, I know for a fact that the perfume is definitely going to have some element of sweetness to it (think vanilla or gourmand scents). Don’t get me wrong. This is not a gourmand scent by any means. As it reads in the excerpt, this is a floral, oriental, woody and musky fragrance.
The more I used Jasmin Noir L’Essence the deeper I fell in love with it! It just smelled so sophisticated and well… expensive. Not to sound like a broken record but after falling out of love with Dior Addict (reviewed – here) this became my new winter-time favorite! Unfortunately due to how our brains link scents to memories, I started associating the scent with drama, which straight up turned me off Jasmin Noir L’Essence entirely. There was nothing wrong with the perfume (as it still smelled just as lovely), the problem was with me. I didn’t like the fact that I no longer enjoyed wearing a certain perfume that I used to love but there was nothing I could do… until there was. It might sound trivial because it’s such a small thing (not being able to wear a favorite perfume) but you can change the way you think, change the way you feel, re-wire your brain, all of the above and more with “deep thinking“. I went about it in great detail on my New Year post (here) so I won’t go on too much about it. Now, I happily wear Jasmin Noir L’Essence during special occasions because I’m back to associating it with Winter (not drama). It really is an intense scent so I use it sparingly which is partially why it’s lasted me for so long (and the fact that I stopped using it altogether for awhile). I love the fact that when the weather is so cold my nose can barely detect anything but can easily detect Jasmin Noir L’Essence. I love how whenever I wear my coats or jackets they’ll smell like Jasmin Noir L’Essence up until they’re cleaned. I love the wood notes grounded by a hint of sweetness in the perfume! It really is such an intoxicating scent! Overall, I love how confident Jasmin Noir L’Essence makes me feel!